Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Colette Rue


One of the benefits of working for a fabric store, is that I've known about Rue for WEEKS. I kept a secret, that never happens! A super cute secret too! We ordered copies of the pattern right away, but I printed out a pdf so I could get started on the store sample. 


I know some people love pdfs but I am not one of them. I taped together 70 pages. It took all morning. And then there is no good way to fold and store them! So when the real copies came I made used one of them, so much better!


This is version 1, the short sleeve with the pleated skirt. The other version has long sleeves with a more fitted skirt. The dress comes fully lined, with separate pattern pieces for the lining! Love that. 

The fabric I used is a Cotton and Steel halloween-ish print which I think is cute all year long. If you look closely the bottles say things like eye-of-newt, but if you are not looking closely they look like perfume bottles and flowers. I also used piping on the neckline instead of the bust piece, it would  have been weird for me with a fuller bust. 


I had a couple issues with the pattern, but nothing too major. The bodice meeting at a "V" was a problem. If you just pin the pieces together and sew the "V" ends up below the seam line. I had to fudge it so it would land on the 5/8"s. 

I made a size 14, and a bodice muslin, so when I attached the skirt and the bodice and the waist was too big, I was not so happy. I had to take it in an inch on each side to fit. I also took off quite a few inches off the skirt before I cut it out, which I rarely do. I think it might have been 3"! So beware of that.

I also need to tinker with the bodice fit a little more. I think if  I lengthen the "v" shaped bodice so the tucks sit a little lower it would be better. I had to get this project done in time for the release and I was too excited to spend the time to tinker!


I also chose to only line the bodice. Way less fabric, and easier to iron, when it's a finished product. I used a green cotton, that is so fine it's almost like a cotton-silk blend. It's so divine, I want to line everything in this.


All the supplies for the dress are from Fabricland, (the NJ one, Canada). My dress will be on display there untill November, when we are having a class for Rue! I am teaching it, so it will be super fun!

Pin It Now!

9 comments:

  1. This is so cute on you and so your style! Will you make the other version for fall/winter?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Carolyn! We just got in this dreamy fabric today, so I'm thinking of a long sleeve version now

      Delete
  2. So exciting to see one of these sewn up by a real person! :) I think it fits you nicely (good work!)-- would you recommend changing the gathers at the bust to darts? I worry that if it doesn't hit me at the exact right spot on the bust line, it'll look either like ripply princess seams or just an ill-fitting rumpled bodice!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. well, if you are busty it kind of fills out the tucks so I didn't worry about rumpling. Next time I'm going to lengthen the bodice just under the arms so the tucks sit lower. I wish there was an apex mark on the pattern. Real people fitting woes

      Delete
    2. for real! I like the idea of lengthening the bodice to get the tucks lower. Sarai did a FBA on her plaid version, plus her fabric stretched out a little, and it resulted in lower bust tucks, which looks great!

      Delete
    3. glad you told me that bc i was looking at the plaid version and thinking it looks kind of different.

      Delete
  3. This dress looks great on you, fab fabric choice. I wasn't convinced on this pattern at first as it looked a bit too vintage for me but the more I'm seeing made the more I'm liking it.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Would you say you like the Rue or the McCalls 6696 short sleeve better?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. well they are totally different, and both have room in my wardrobe. But I definitely wear the shirtdress more.

      Delete